Website to sport new look
Upgrade includes better
navigation and easier
By Colleen Turner
his summer, the University of
Calgary’s website will have a
new look and be easier to use
The new design, developed by
External Relations in close consulta-
tion with Information Technologies
and Student and Academic Services,
features a new home page and tem-
plates for subsequent pages.
In addition to the design overhaul,
IT has led a process to select a new
Sample of the new U of C homepage.
content management system for the
campus. In tandem, the new look and Bagnell Styles, associate vice-presi- new content management system will
content management system will give dent, external relations, who has led make it easier for web designers and
staff and faculty improved tools to the design project. “Within the webmasters to adopt the new design Bill Warren, U of C’s 10th chancellor.
help them create a consistent look design, though, staff and faculty can and also improve functionality and / Photo by Ken Bendiktsen
across the university’s varied web- still personalize their content.” navigation.
sites, help web users better find the The benefit for users is that they’ll “It’s fair to say that the university’s
information they are seeking and give
faculty, units and departments
be better able to navigate through all
campus web pages. “The functional-
web pages to date have been a mish-
mash of different styles, design and
improved ability to update content.
“The project to redesign the U of
C’s website was done with our users
ity will improve and the navigation
will be in the same place from page to
ease of navigation,” says Esche.
“With the introduction of a univer- leaves bold legacy
page,” says Bagnell Styles. “Both sity-wide content management sys-
in mind,” says Roman Cooney, vice- By Alex Frazer-Harrison
these concerns have been raised by tem, this will be less of a problem.”
president, external relations. “The U students.” IT worked directly with more than
of C’s home page receives more than When Bill Warren became the University of Cal-
David Johnston, executive director 140 people responsible for web pages
50,000 hits a day. As a whole, the gary’s 10th chancellor in 2002, he thought he would
of e-strategy for SAS, says students in selecting the new content manage-
www.ucalgary.ca site processes be part of the most exciting four years in the univer-
and prospective students are very ment system, an open source product
450,000 hits a day. Those are phenom- sity’s history.
computer literate and savvy—they known as Drupal. Drupal is widely
enal numbers and we need to ensure “I was wrong,” says Warren, as he gets ready to
turn to the Internet first to find the used around the world, and is cur-
people are able to navigate our pages.” turn over his duties to chancellor-elect Joanne Cuth-
information they need and want. rently being used by the Teaching and
Over the past several weeks, a bertson. “It will be the next four years that will be
“In a survey of 2005 entering stu- Learning Centre on campus for a vari-
number of U of C staff and faculty the most exciting. I think that speaks to the momen-
dents, 81.5 percent said they used the ety of projects.
have had an opportunity to preview tum that’s been generated here. I see no reason why
web to research university options,” Together, IT and External Rela-
the new design. Comments from that momentum won’t continue.”
says Johnston. “We’re working hard tions will offer training sessions and
them, as well as feedback from stu- President Harvey Weingarten has a slightly dif-
to attract and retain the best and assistance with using the new tem-
dent focus groups, will be incorpo- ferent take on Warren’s four-year analogy.
brightest students and anything we plates and standards, and faculties,
rated into the final design, which will “Whatever we do manage to accomplish in the
can do to improve their online experi- departments and units will roll out
launch in July. next four years, Bill can take pride and comfort in
ence will serve us well, now and in the their new sites over the next few
“The new design offers a bolder, knowing that he has been a substantial force in help-
future.” months. More information on imple-
but cleaner look, with consistent nav- ing us do that,” he says. “The legacy of his efforts
Harold Esche, the university’s mentation and training will follow in
igation and layout,” says Catherine will last longer than his term.”
chief information officer, says the the next couple of weeks.
Warren, a member of the Order of Canada, over-
saw tremendous change in his role as the public face
of the university.
YOUR ALUMNI He kept his ties strong with the Senate, students
and alumni. “It’s important for the chancellor to get
Kinesiology grad juggles more than just classes input on issues from as many external and internal
sources as possible,” he says. “It’s important to
By Brenda Cosens While pursuing his degree understand the position of the Students’ Union and
and achieving a near per- of administration. It’s important to talk to student
It is widely acknowledged fect GPA, he ran his own leaders and understand their issues.”
that in order to complete a entertainment company and Warren assisted in fundraising more than $1 mil-
university degree, students was a sometimes emcee lion through the Chancellor’s Club and other proj-
must learn how to juggle. and keynote speaker. ects, raising money for scholarships and bursaries.
Travis Saunders has taken “He just doesn’t fail at “The Chancellor’s Club affords people the oppor-
that literally. anything,” says Dr. Doug tunity to link with the university,” says Warren.
Actually, Saunders’s Brown, who was Saun- “When they hear people from the university speak
juggling skills were well ders’s practicum advisor about the progress that’s been made here, it sticks in
honed long before he set when he chaired the their mind as something worth supporting.”
foot on the University of Alberta Youth Olympics. Known for his work inspiring young athletes as
Calgary campus. The 22- “I hate not being good president of the Canadian Olympic Association and
year-old sport psychology at something,” says Saun- director of the Calgary Olympic Development Asso-
major and this year’s win- ders. “If I’m having trou- ciation, Warren’s interest in building futures for
ner of the Gold Medal in ble with something I step young people was evident in all he did at U of C.
Kinesiology started his back and evaluate what “One of Bill’s strengths was he always had stu-
juggling career at the age has to be done and then dent interests at heart,” says Board of Governors
of nine, after receiving a reorganize. I guess I fol- Chair Brian MacNeill. “He has a passion for educa-
book on juggling for his low the 80/20 rule—giv- tion and young people and he always had their inter-
birthday. ing 80 percent of my time ests at heart.”
The tenacity of this and effort to the 20 per- Teale Phelps Bondaroff, a Chancellor’s Club
self-described “hyper kid” cent that’s really impor- scholarship recipient in 2004 and a political sci-
was evident even then, as tant.” ence/international relations major, remembers War-
he taught himself to juggle This philosophy has ren’s tradition of inviting each year’s scholarship
in just one month. He got stood him in good stead. winners to his home for a pizza party.
his first paid juggling gig This year, Saunders won “I was amazed by his basement, which resembled
Travis Saunders is good at running fast and juggling – both
at age 11. the gold medal in kinesiol- an Olympic museum,” says Phelps Bondaroff.
traits that served him well during his years at university. “Chancellor Warren has done a great deal for not
“It was fun and nobody ogy—the “highest distinc-
else could do it,” says the / Photo by Brenda Cosens tion in scholarship”—as a only the university, but the community and city at
New Brunswick native. “I handful of scholarships large,” he adds.
really liked performing and for the four by 100-metre dles and 3,000-metre stee- which will help him pur- Warren says there are many similarities between
it just kept snowballing.” relay event with three plechase. sue a PhD and possibly an students trying to better themselves academically
An unlikely spin-off of other jogglers He represented Canada eventual professorship. and in their careers, and with young athletes training
this vocation are two Saunders ran track for at the Olympics in Aus- Saunders starts work on for the Olympics. “They all strive to be the best they
world records in the sport New Brunswick in the tralia in 2000 as a youth his master’s degree in can be,” he says.
of “joggling.” Joggling, 2005 Canada Games, and ambassador and at the physiology this fall at Warren’s favourite memory as chancellor? Con-
for the uninitiated, is has competed at four Francophone Games in Queens University in vocation. “It’s a unique privilege to be the first to
defined as running while Canadian Inter-university 2002 as a juggling com- Kingston. shake the hand of a new graduate. They’ve taken
juggling. Sport National Champi- petitor. He is fluently Though heading east, four years or more to get there, and to take part in
While in Grade 10, onships for the Dinos. He bilingual. Saunders says he values that process is really an honour. After a week, your
Saunders, an avid track has been the New Saunders was a Dinos’ the time he spent at U of C, hand is sore, but it’s worth it.”
competitor, won the first Brunswick provincial captain for both track and ranking his decision to take Warren also remembers the day it was announced
ever official 200-metre champion in his age group cross country and was his kinesiology degree here that the veterinary school was coming to the U of C.
joggling event. He holds at least four times, com- given a leadership award as “the best decision I “I’m competitive by nature—my work in sport
the current world record peting in 400 -metre hur- for the indoor track team. could have made.” reflects that—and that was a good win.”
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